Six years ago, Jay Siegel went in for a routine exam when his doctor felt a nodule on his prostate. When biopsied, it came back negative, but his doctor recommended he have a PSA blood test every three months. The test, primarily used to screen for prostate cancer, measured the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in his blood.
Suddenly, after five years of regular testing, an aggressive form of cancer was detected in three different areas of Jay's prostate.
“The shock of receiving the news was scary, but I was grateful that I was consistent in getting the PSA test done,” said Jay, a former federal agent who now dedicates his retirement years to giving back to the community.
Urologist Dr. Mike Tyler was confident that Jay was a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery. After radiation, Jay underwent a successful robotic surgery to remove his prostate.
“I can’t thank the doctors enough at Broward Health Coral Springs for staying on top of my care,” Jay said. “When you're in a hospital with the latest equipment and highly trained physicians, you are in the best hands possible.”
Robotic surgery is less invasive than traditional open surgery, so Jay stayed in the hospital only one night. “I was in the comfort of a beautiful private room and I was pleased with the level of care from the nursing staff and doctors,” he said. “I was feeling normal again within 2-3 weeks, and I quickly returned to my love of running and living a full life again.”